How to Volunteer
As a non-profit organization, we are driven by volunteer leaders like you who have a passion for advancing POCUS around the globe. Check out our volunteer video to learn more about how you can make a difference:
The POCUS Certification Academy offers several volunteer opportunities that can be customized to fit your busy schedule. Our current opportunities can be found below.
Assessment Volunteer Opportunities
Case Author: Create clinical cases for assessments using our online authoring tool for any content-specific area. Case creation includes the submission of case media (where possible), writing narratives, providing patient data (such as vitals) and identifying answers for templated questions. Use cases from your day-to-day life, and make sure to use at least two videos for each case.
Case Reviewer: As an independent expert, you will review drafted clinical case assessments. Reviews will be completed independently or with staff in a virtual meeting.
POCUS Fundamentals Item Reviewer: As an independent expert, you will review drafted multiple-choice questions for the POCUS Fundamentals assessment. Reviews will be completed independently or with staff in a virtual meeting. Topics of review include instrumentation, basic principles of ultrasound, ultrasound artifacts, safety, and bio-effects.
POCUS Fundamentals Item Writer: Use the online remote item writing program to write multiple choice questions for the POCUS Fundamentals assessment. Topics to be written include instrumentation, basic principles of ultrasound, ultrasound artifacts, safety, and bio-effects.
Template Developer: Assist in developing clinical case templates for new content areas. Case template development includes selecting sonographic findings, anatomical findings, diagnostic findings and possible overall diagnosis. Case template development is also responsible for selecting what type of questions to ask, how many cases will be on the assessment, peer reviewer questions, and video submission criteria. Case template development can be completed independently or with staff in a virtual meeting.
Template Reviewer: Work with a group of clinicians to develop, edit, and approve the following:
- POCUS certificate templates for various content areas
- Eligibility requirements/prerequisites
- Required number of cases for each certificate
- Peer evaluation and practical assessment criteria
Education Volunteer Opportunities
Blog Guest: Be interviewed by our blog writer and share your POCUS expertise and favorite topics with the POCUS community.
Knowledge Check Item Writer: Use the online remote item writing program to write multiple choice questions for each clinical POCUS area the POCUS Certification Academy has to offer. Rationales and resources are requested for each question written. Work independently or with staff in a virtual meeting.
Media Contributors: Donate POCUS videos to be used in the creation of clinical cases as HIPAA-compliant media becomes available to contribute. Videos are preferred in .mp4 format and each case must include at least two videos. Please find more information regarding submission requirements and desired cases here.
Podcast Guest: Share your story or discuss interesting POCUS topics with the community through a 15-minute Focus on POCUS podcast episode.
Webinar Speaker: Host a 60-minute educational webinar on a POCUS topic of your choice. Webinars can be live or recorded.
Community Volunteer Opportunities
POCUS Ambassador: Represent the POCUS Certification Academy in your community! Explore our ambassador program and request an application here.
Governance Volunteer Opportunities
Committee: Contribute to the on the ground strategy and content development across Education, Certification or Community initiatives.
Council: Play a key role in defining the strategic direction of the POCUS Certification Academy. Support the development and review of policies and procedures and monitor the ongoing performance of the POCUS Certification Academy.